Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
Summer drought creates low water situation
As the latest heatwave burns over Eastern Ontario the two regional conservation authorities responsible for most of the Ottawa region are getting concerned about water levels in local rivers and streams.
Both the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) and the Rideau River Conservation Authority (RRC) have issue Level One low water alerts for their respective areas.
Level One alerts mean that there is now a chance that water supply problems could arise in some areas because of the continuing dry weather situation and the lack of enough rainfall to keep both surface and underground water sources at their normal levels. Both the SNC and RRC ask residents to practise water conservation and reduce the amount of water they use by at least 10 per cent to help ease the demand on both municipal water supplies and rural wells.
Homeowners watering their lawns or gardens should do so for an hour at most during the early morning or early evening period when the ground is better able to absorb the water quickly. Watering during the middle of the day in the hot sun will result in most of the water wasted because of evaporation.
Residents should consult their municipal offices for information on alternate-day lawn watering schedules and also go to the SNC or RRC websites at www.nation.on.ca or www.rvca.ca for advice on water conservation.